I just drilled the front row dog holes for my bench. I went to test them and put a Gramercy holdfast in and gave it a really good whack with my mallet and the piece of wood that was being held slipped pretty easily. All holes are drilled with a 3/4" spiral upcut and are .75" based on my calipers. Any tricks to getting these to hold?
Other than that, the bench is really coming along. Next on the list is to cut the vise dog holes and the back row. Then its time for a finish sanding/planing and some finish. For the finish I was going to use BLO and mineral spirits. I'm not sure if I want a little poly in the brew as well. I did that for the base and it feels pretty good.